The Wilson’s To Take On Big Adventures This Season

 

Happy Family

Hap, Andrea, and their children Alexa and Chris at the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show

The above photo was just emailed to Hap’s social media team from Bill Swift of Swift Canoe & Kayak with the subject line “Happy family”. It was taken at the Outdoor Adventure Show in Toronto this past weekend. (Thanks Bill!) But interestingly enough, Christopher and Alexa don’t only accompany their parents to the shows. They are taking on the Big East X challenge this year along with Hap and Andrea as well. Put on by the adventurous folks of the epic Muskoka River X, the Big East X marathon/adventure race is considered a warm up to their big River X event. Which, by the way, Hap and Andrea are also signed up for, plus they are planning to take on the North Bay Mattawa Canoe Race this year too… Revisiting the very same race they took on together over 20 years ago. But that’s a whole other story!

Chris & Alexa’s “Beat The Parents To The Car” Trip

As many of you are aware, Hap has countless talents, skills and accomplishments under his belt, and thus is known to wear many “hats”. However there is one hat he wears rather proudly above the rest – the one of “Poppa”.  And he has a lot to be proud of! Take for instance the recent and very impressive accomplishment of his two children, Chris and Alexa…

Chris, only 14 and 1/2 yrs old, and Alexa, who just turned 13, have been travelling the route to their Temagami home (Cabin Falls) together before they could even crawl – always with the guidance of their father to get them to their backwoods lodging and destination.

However, they undoubtedly impressed their Poppa and Mum just this past week when they spontaneously requested permission to paddle the 30 km route upstream on the Lady Evelyn, and back to the car from the cabin – without guidance.

 

Chris & Alexa - Beat The Parents To The Car Trip!

With a just a 2.5 hr. headstart, they had to portage/line and hump canoe and gear around 15 portages, rapids, chutes and falls… Oh yes….AND stop to pick a litre of blueberries along the way!

Amazingly, Hap and Andrea caught up with them only 5 km short of the end.

As Hap tells it, “the headwind was fierce and they were ‘bone-tired’ but in all – very proud parents and a job well done!”

Yes, a job well done indeed! No wonder “Poppa” is so proud!

Note: Chris is a skilled wilderness canoe tripper and has done independent trips before this, however this is Chris and Alexa’s first “Beat The Parents To The Car” Trip together.